Back of students walking into commencement ceremony


This is an exciting time for you and your family as your hard work and dedication culminate at your Commencement. Commencement is historic—not only in your life—but in the life of our University. We invite you to join in continuing the history and the great tradition of St. John's. Your participation greatly enriches the excitement of the celebration.

Our Commencement ceremonies include the conferral of degrees and certificates on all of our graduates, the recognition of each graduate by name, a Commencement address, and the awarding of honorary degrees to distinguished individuals.

2019 Commencement Exercises

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Calendar of Events

St. John's University's 2019 Commencement Exercises schedule

President Gempesaw on Commencement Stage


You are an integral part of the St. John's experience for our graduates, and we invite you to participate in this year's Commencement Exercises.

Pile of commencement scrolls

Queens Graduate Level

The Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises will be held separately by school and college as noted in the Calendar of Events.

Student holding commencement scroll

Queens Undergraduate Level

The Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn of the Queens campus, rain or shine.

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Staten Island

The Staten Island Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. in Carnesecca Arena on the Queens campus.

Confetti flying over the heads at Commencement ceremony


The Rome Commencement Exercises will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Rome campus, rain or shine. We invite all eligible students to join us!

Queens Campus

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